Some of you know that in April of 2012, my husband, Matthew Leeden went into cardiac arrest at home while playing with our children. Matt was diagnosed with Dialated Cardiomyopathy, Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy, and one of the toughest cases of Ventricular Tachycardia OHSU has seen. In 5 years Matthew has undergone an ICD placement, 5 ablations ( In an attempt to help the lethal Heart Rhythms) Including the very first patient to be placed on the Heart Bypass Machine for an Ablation at OHSU, he suffered a Stroke from heart rhythm drug toxicity in 2014, had a placement of an Lvad, (a Left Ventricular Heart Assist Device) which was an extensive open Heart Surgery, another Lvad surgey in June 2016 due to a blood clot in his device pump. After Several years of trying every possible treatment option his doctors have told us that a Heart Transplant is now his only hope for survival.
Matthew is 42, a warm, caring, loving husband, father to our children Kaity (5) and Luke (7), brother, and good friend to many. He grew up in Marin, California and moved to Oregon after college. For 13 years, Matthew worked as a licensed stock broker, working for Paulson Investment Company in Portland and Bend until his health declined so rapidly. Matthew was also President of the Redmond Habitat for Humanity for two years. Matthew looks forward to returning to work and becoming an active member of the community again as soon as he is able.
January 10, 2017
Although Matt received his gorgeous new heart he has had an unfortunate set back. Shortly after transplant he developed pancreatitis with large pseudocysts filled with fluid. The doctors believe that it is an inflammatory response from the “angry neighbor” .
In the last 5 months he has had stints placed and removed twice, has been plagued by extreme pain and nausea/vomiting and has spent over 2 months in the hospital. He was home for 5 days before he had to be readmitted. We are hopeful he will get through this but it’s going to take months for him to quit vomiting and feel like a human. Our family is hanging in there as I was hoping I could maybe go back to work.
Matthew is so sick that he’s on feeding tubes and I am his full time caregiver even more intense than pre transplant leaving no time for me to do anything outside of the home and barely enough time to go to the grocery store. I ask on Matthews behalf that if anyone is able, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution now in honor of Matthew. All donations are strictly monitored and only see for medical expenses.
September 15, 2016
On August 27th Matthew received his life saving transplant!!!!
May 26, 2016
Hang in there Matt. I'll put you in my prayers.
February 24, 2015
Our Matt Leeden? Needs help and prayers, after bringing so much joy to those of us in San Anselmo? Everybody sign up! xoxo Kay
January 9, 2015
Matthew, you're in my family's prayers and thoughts! Keep up the fight! I look forward to meeting the man who makes my friend so happy.